Darkness | Surly Brewing Company

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4.48/5
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3,956 Ratings
DarknessDarkness
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This listing is ONLY for Darkness that is NOT barrel-aged, which excludes all of the 2014 bottles, all of which were aged in whiskey barrels. 2014 has a separate entry (http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13014/141724/). Any subsequent years that have barrel aged variants, indicated by gold wax and lettering, also have their own separate entries.

Labels:
2007 - Grim Reaper
2008 - Devil
2009 - Mummy
2010 - Vampire
2011 - Zombie
2012 - Werewolf
2013 - Brewcifer
2014 - Harpy
2015 - Bat
2016 - Cerberus
2017 - Witch

Added by ryantupy on 10-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#137
Reviews:
900
Ratings:
3,956
pDev:
8.93%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
3,308
Gots:
1,566
Trade:
138
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017

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4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Having the 2016 version with some age on it. Still very chewy and bold in flavor. Lots of roast and still alot of strong bitter in finish but a balance with the malts and chocolate. Definitely an RIS and enjoyed the original style of this one as so much new big stouts are trending towards the pastry/sweet style.

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4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gorgeous beer out of the bottle - somewhere far far away in space there’s a planet with an atmosphere, and on that planet there’s water. A deep, deep pool of water that can be called an ocean. And this ocean has great depths and a history that dwarfs our idea of history. It has been around a lifetime that spans universes. And deep down within this massive and cold and ancient body of water it’s black. A void of color that renders this space absent from existence. And this beer is that color (or lack thereof).

Foamy, paper bag-brown head that lingers for a while.

Aroma is way more fruit-rich and sweet than I expected: raisin, plum, stewed figs, roasted malt and tobacco.

Taste is a combo of fruit-rich and umami-soaked liquid. Not for the faint of heart. Plums, raisins, figs, prunes, bitter chocolate, char, shoyu, iron. Jesus. Monster of a beer. Wish this came in pony 8oz bottles. I can’t handle more. Towel thrown; tap out given, but the in-cage referee doesn’t see it and the liquid sides into mount and continues to whale on my face.

Viscous, thick, syrupy, chewy, bloody, robust, full, hefty, substantial, meaty - whatever you want to call it, it’s a damn mouthful. Huge beer across the board, just a bit too much sweet and umami tones for my liking.

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4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with a one finger tan head and minimal lacing.

The smell is tons of dark malts and a bit of dark chocolate.

The taste is loaded with bitter chocolate, dark malts, and a little dark fruit on the end.

Nice thick mouthfeel, velvety, with minimal/medium carbonation.

A really smooth, easy to drink RIS. Great beer.

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4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 3,956 ratings